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Seeing interpretations of another "girls' love" manga Seven Seas was beginning to publish in English that looked at the very slow build of the feelings of one of its main characters and dared to bring up the word "asexual" was enough to give me a particular interest in "Bloom Into You." As the second volume showed up, though, I could keep supposing the inevitability of its central character Yuu "warming up" and not just accepting but reciprocating Nanami's feelings, and the interpretations becoming just an intriguing memory.

As the second volume got under way, though, a character who'd been sort of in the background before just happens to pick up on Nanami kissing Yuu again, and reacts with "I'd rather sit in the audience and watch the story play out on stage." If the manga is really all about less-familiar takes on love, this would seem to be another, even if I can ponder whether this would be more familiar and less seemingly inexplicable, even if more seemingly condemnable with dark allusions to "there are too many substitutes for the risks and rewards of actual human interaction." Anyway, for all the subtle nudges at Yuu over the course of this volume she still seems to end it in a sort of "it would be nice to change" mood. I've also been supposing the art has "smoothed out" a bit, perhaps better in service to the story now.

The other girls' love manga from Seven Seas in my crowded manga reading list of late do seem to divide between "charming fluff" and "exploitative," which makes the different path "Bloom Into You" is taking of particular interest. That interest may have ticked up a bit with a little more uncertainty of just how things will play out to the end, although "it was a long road to a familiar happy ending" remains a definite possibility, and one that perhaps wouldn't even be unsatisfying now with the path treated as having "unusual challenges" along it.

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